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Vesta Korniakova

Vesta is a member of the Bricobio community biology lab in Montreal as well as an MSc student in Applied Microbiology at the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Perreault. Her research focuses on gene regulation mechanics of non-coding RNA elements in bacteria. She is attempting to both characterize fundamental structure dynamics of RNA regulatory parts and use these parts to genetically engineer bacteria as tools for biotech applications which she hopes to expand on in the future. Currently she is designing a bioreporter system which allows to screen for overly potent promoters while avoiding reporter gene toxicity. She is also exploring portability of non-coding RNA regulatory parts across different bacterial species.